How to Treat Patchy Eyebrows

If you have patchy eyebrows, there are a few things that you can do yourself to try and lessen the appearance of the condition. We’ve popped below a handy list of things to avoid:

1. Waxing & Plucking – First, you should try to avoid over-plucking or waxing your eyebrows as this can lead to them becoming patchy. 

  1. Rubbing – It is also helpful to avoid rubbing your eyes excessively as this can make them sore and lead to broken hairs and ingrown hairs. 
  2. Dyeing – If your eyebrows are patchy, you should refrain from dyeing them as this can cause the hairs to become brittle and break easily. 
  3. Make-up – You should also avoid using any harsh makeup removers or scrubs as these can make the hair worse and also irritate the skin. 

With this in mind, something positive you can do to help preserve strong, healthy eyebrows is to try using an eyebrow serum as this could help to hydrate and nourish the hair follicles and help to promote hair growth.


Some people find that their eyebrows become patchy if they have deficiencies such as iron deficiency, low ferritin levels, hypothyroidism, a lack of iodine, iron, vitamin D, zinc, and vitamin A in their diet. This will cause a reduction in the amount of hair that you have, including on your eyebrows. It can also cause the hair that you have to become more coarse and dry.
These conditions can also affect the hair on your scalp and cause the hair to grow slowly or become dry and brittle. They can also affect the colour of your hair making it look dull and lifeless.

Some medical treatments, such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and laser treatments, can cause your eyelashes or eyebrows to fall out. These treatments can affect hair growth by attacking rapidly growing cells. Some medications can also contribute to a loss of eyebrow hair including: Beta-blockers, Cyclosporine, Retin-A, Minoxidil, Finasteride, Ciclosporin, and Prednisone.

The final, and one of the most common causes of eyebrow loss is stress. Not only does managing stress levels help with symptoms like patchy eyebrows, but it will also help with your overall wellness as stress can interrupt sleep, cause distress with your skin, mental health and concentration levels which in turn, impacts almost every area of your life. 



Some people may lose their eyebrows or eyelashes due to genetic conditions, such as alopecia areata. Alopecia areata is a skin disease that causes the hair follicles in the scalp and other parts of the body to stop growing. This causes hair loss on the scalp and other parts of the body, including the eyebrows. However, hair loss on the eyebrows and other parts of the body caused by Alopecia Areata is usually temporary and improves with time.

Alopecia Areata is primarily caused by an abnormal response of the immune system to certain cells in the hair follicles which can also affect the eyelashes, causing eyelash loss. This can lead to an irritated eye and impaired vision.


The National Alopecia Areata Foundation recommends eating a well-balanced diet, getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, and avoiding stress to help prevent and control Alopecia Areata.

Eating a balanced diet can help to supply the essential nutrients you need to stay healthy and prevent malnutrition. It may also help to regulate your weight, which can help keep your scalp and body healthy, too.

Some people may benefit from following an anti-inflammatory diet which is designed to help prevent and control autoimmune diseases. This type of diet reduces the intake of certain foods that may trigger an inflammatory response in the body, which helps relieve the symptoms of autoimmune diseases like Alopecia Areata. However, no conclusive evidence exists supporting the benefits of following a modified diet to treat autoimmune disorders. If you decide to follow this diet, you should talk to your doctor first.


Patchy Eyebrows Treatment can include hair transplant surgery and other cosmetic procedures to improve the appearance of the eyebrows. Eyebrow transplants, also known as eyebrow reconstruction or eyebrow restoration, is a procedure in which hair follicles are transplanted from a donor site to the recipient site. This is a form of hair transplantation, and is performed under local anaesthesia (sedation). Following surgery, the patient may experience mild discomfort for a few days, but this is usually manageable with over-the-counter pain medications. It can take several weeks for the transplanted hairs to grow long enough to permanently cover the brow area.

Here at AHI Clinic, our resident Hair Transplant Surgeon Dr Waqas Chaudhary, has the in-depth knowledge and experience in Patchy Eyebrows Treatment to help you. As one of the few hair transplant surgeons in the UK who can perform dermatoscopy. Mr Chaudhary has an advanced diploma in clinical dermatology which serves to enhance his skills as a hair transplant surgeon, setting him apart from many other hair transplant specialists.

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